Letters To The Editor, 10th December 2017

Choppers is the way to go Taitusi Sokiveta, Phoenix, Arizona On an emergency situation, for example during rush hour traffic around 6am-9am and 3.30pm to 8pm, the corridors between Suva
10 Dec 2017 14:04
Letters To The Editor, 10th December 2017

Choppers is the way to go

Taitusi Sokiveta, Phoenix, Arizona

On an emergency situation, for example during rush hour traffic around 6am-9am and 3.30pm to 8pm, the corridors between Suva and Nausori with school kids and workers, all the roads are so congested with vehicles that for an emergency vehicle travelling from Nausori to CWM hospital it cannot make it to save lives.

Likewise trying to get to Nausori hospital, I remember in 2015 I arrived at the Holiday Inn via tour bus from Nadi airport at 5pm.

A cousin of mine who is a taxi driver came from the village to pick me up. He said Taitusi you picked the wrong time to arrive in Suva.

As we departed Suva bound for Nausori, I noticed how congested the roads were with vehicles anywhere we turned.

He connected to some road that went through Tamavua, Colo-i-Suva, near Sawani bridge to Nausori.

It was the only fastest way to get to Nausori.

More helicopters are needed in Fiji for all kinds of emergency during rush hours.

In case of any kind of emergency our roads are useless.

The amount of vehicles and congestion are overwhelming.

Helicopters are the key.

There’s no traffic or congestion in the sky

Health and safety at work

Dhirendra Prasad, Lautoka

I refer to a letter (FS 8/11) that the environmental conditions inside the Lautoka market is not good.

Yes, this has been the situation for long.

Sitting in the market for 15 minutes is enough to realise this condition.

This is only the tip of the iceberg.

There are many institutions, which if inspected would fail to meet the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations.

I believe the very reason for this section of safety at work was to ensure a healthy and safe environment at all places.

However, this section of the workplace only comes in after a crisis has occurred. Investigations, claims and other related processes are activated then.

Is this the reason for injecting so much finance into employing OHS officers at all levels?

I hope someone will wake up and also wake up this section of OHS and begin what they should have been doing since inception.

Let us be realistic.

Better to be proactive than to be reactive.

The climate change question

Floyd Robinson, Nasinu

Pacific Islands States are amongst the most vulnerable experiencing first hand the full brunt of climate change impacts, but when it comes to accessing funds to support adaptation they struggle as a result of stringent donor requirements.

All in all, the climate change reality is one which gets more complicated, reflecting a real challenge which Pacific Island States have to encounter on a daily basis.

Japan’s education system

Anthony Sahai, Auckland, New Zealand

I would like to share a portion of an article I read on the Net regarding the educational system in Japan.

From https://theheartysoul.com/japan-school-system/ I quote: In certain respects, Japan’s Educational System has become the envy of the world.

The goal for the first three years of a student’s educational career is not to judge the child’s knowledge or learning by delving into a life of exams from the start but to build good manners and develop their character.

So instead of being destroyed by exam after exam, they simply take small quizzes.

All the while they are taught to respect other people and to be gentle with animals and nature.

They also learn other important life qualities such as being generous, compassionate and empathetic. Students are taught self-control and justice.

This might seem a large task for a person so young but the Japanese believe in starting early.

School for young children is founded on the idea that their character needs to evolve before they begin a career of constant examinations and stress-fuelled studies.

Unfortunately, our system is entirely different.

Our little one’s are burdened with carrying their school bags laden with books, on a daily basis, to and fro, from day one.

What is the possibility of adopting such a system for our future leaders?

Technology and today

Shivneel Chandra, Tavua

After 2000 it was predicted that the sequence of technological progress is not over and in the approaching future the world would experience the dawn of a new universal technological evolution.

Thus, the prediction made about 17 years ago is definitely and unquestionably correct because as almost all works and fields of life are involved with a particular aspect of technological progress.

Moreover, wide assortments of other evolutions are connected with technological evolution.

Firstly, commercial evolution where the economy grows due to the use of modern technology in the production process (industrial evolution).

Secondly, green evolution where agricultural output has increased with the use of modern mechanism helping to meet the demand of food.

Thirdly, the most vital of all digital evolution which directly refers to changes bought by computers, information processing and communication which really helps people in emergencies and enables global interaction making the world a smaller place.

However, these changes are also housed with numerous disadvantages such as pollution, damages to the natural environment and vulnerability to the precious traditions, customs and beliefs, but balancing the life is the best solution to lead an undisturbed life in this era.

Finally, progress is mandatory and no one could restrict changes and transformation of this material world and everyone has to flow towards the leading direction in order to not be left behind.

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